Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Well, I took a reading this morning and got a 98! That's perfectly normal. Before the surgery, I was averaging 140 first thing in the morning. So, it's working! I'm likely to be a healthier person!
More snow this morning, if you can believe it. It was only a light dusting, but I'm ready for spring. It rained so hard last night that there are flood warnings. I'm so glad the sump pump appears to be holding up and my basement/office isn't flooded.
My heart goes out to an Amish woman who tried to cross a stream in her buggy last night and it turned over. She lost four of her six children. God be with her.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Sam actually went out even though it's wet outside! I'm really glad he went because it may be his last chance for a while. We're supposed to get monsoon style rains over the next few days. That'll really improve my mood ...
Today's good things are slippers and bathrobes. You can't really beat them for comfort. And thank goodness I have a job that I can do in my slippers and bathrobe. Here's to you! ** raises cup of coffee in mock salute **
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Anyway, yesterday I took some pictures of my strawberry banana smoothie intending to be thankful that Georgette taught me how to make them. They're pretty tasty, go down well without irritating my stomach, and have lots of protein -- especially if you make them with Greek yogurt. They are good and I do thank Georgette for encouraging me to make them.
I'm also thankful that my dinner is already prepared. I threw a bunch of stuff in the crock pot and we're having New Brunswick Stew for supper. One less thing to think about.
I'm also glad I work from home so I can set my own schedule. It's 10:30 and I haven't done squat yet today. Come on coffee, kick in. This day has got to get better.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
As I was thinking about showers, I concluded that we are extra-lucky because showers are a relatively new invention. Wrong! I actually looked it up. Showers were invented by the Greeks at least by the 4th century B.C. , complete with indoor plumbing. Shows how much I know!
In another startling instance of "wrongness," I rejoiced this morning because my song sparrow had returned. I heard him singing outside my window and took it for another sign of spring. I look for this guy every year. He either nests in my yard or my neighbor's and sings so beautifully all summer.
Well, again, I looked it up. Song sparrows don't migrate in Kentucky. They're year round birds. So what's he been doing all winter? Slacking?
While I was surfing, I found a new way to drive the birds in my backyard crazy. Birdjam has bird songs available online and apparently the Northern Cardinal is on a loop. I've been playing it for about an hour and the cardinals outside are going nuts. They want to know who's the new bird in their territory.
Friday, February 18, 2011
It's been a rough six months and I, for one, will be very glad to put this season behind me and move on to a new chapter. On September 25th, my dear mother died. It was peaceful and not unexpected, but I'm not sure I've really had a chance to mourn yet. It hasn't sunk in. As my sister said, we just sort of pretend that she's still there in Lexington a phone call away. Here is a photo board from her funeral that shows her having fun in her later years.
Some of the most touching things from the funeral were these blown up pictures. The top one is of Mom taken on her honeymoon and the bottom is a note that was found behind it in Daddy's wallet. The note reads "I owe you 1,000,000,000 kisses. To be collected on June 20 and after." June 20th was their wedding day. Daddy carried that picture and note in his wallet for 57 years.
Of course, I'll never forget and I wouldn't want to. I want to move on though and rejoice in new life.
In December, I had surgery and was very sick for about six weeks. I'm ready to put that behind me too. Things are pretty much back on an even keel. I'm back at work full time and we've all returned to our normal routines. I DO want to forget about those six weeks and go on with my life.
So, here's to spring. Let it come.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
What do you think? I'll have to get used to the bangs on my forehead -- they feel sort of funny -- but I think they're flattering. I just hope that once I wash it, I'll be able to style it like Jacquie did!
That brings to mind another good thing about the hair salon: having your hair washed. It's so relaxing to have someone wash your hair for you and rub your scalp. It feels so luxurious.
Speaking of luxury and being spoiled, look at the way my Valentine roses are opening up. They get even more beautiful every day.
Last, but not least (what a cliche!), I was gratified to learn that Wendy Johnson of Wendy Knits agrees with me about the Wollmeise. She pointed out the same things that I've been noticing: (1) It's not very soft -- she described it as a cottony feel; (2) It kinks up a LOT; and (3) the plies split as you knit. Wollmeise lovers who responded to Wendy's post agreed that it kinks and splits but the colors are to die for and that makes it all worthwhile for them. Everyone also consistently reported that the yarn becomes much softer after it's washed -- so I have hope for my Potomatus socks.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Fast forward 24 years. Due to my weight, my wedding rings were too tight and mostly sat on the ring stand on my dresser. Then they were gone. I looked EVERYWHERE. I was afraid to say anything to Jeff until I had searched high and low. Then I was just afraid and ashamed. After all, this was a diamond that had been passed down to his mother from her beloved uncle and the wedding band that I was married with.
Finally, almost a year later, I admitted to Jeff that I had lost my engagement ring and wedding band ...
And he forgave me. In fact, he understood completely and never said a word of recrimination. Our 25th anniversary was coming up, so he said that we would just replace them for the occassion. We used his mother's engagement ring diamond and I got to choose the setting and we had the jewelers make up this diamond wedding band for us.
Every time I look at this ring (which I wear ALL the time), it reminds me of his love ... more even than the first one ... because this ring also symbolizes 25 years of living together and the ability to accept and forgive.
A few minutes ago, Jeff called to tell me that he made a mistake and that my credit card bill payment is one day late. I told him I'd take care of it today. As he rang off, he asked -- obviously embarassed about goofing up -- "Do you still love me?" What do you think I said?
On a less romantic note, I'm making progress on the Potomatus sock. I turned the heel (twice -- I had to pull it out once) and I'm doing the gusset now. The Woolmeise sock yarn is less luxurious than I expected for the price and it continues to be a little "splitty." I think my favorite is still Casbah.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
A couple of years ago, I got this Canon Rebel XS camera for my birthday. To be perfectly honest, it's so high end that I really don't know how to work all the buttons and whistles. But I can get some good shots just using the automatic functions. [Someday, I'll sit down and read the manual!]
For instance, I'm able to get some lovely shots of the valentine roses that Jeff brought for me and for Kate last night. He brought me a dozen white roses and for Kate a dozen lavender roses. Usually he brings red for me and pink for Kate, so he said he was switching it up this year. Not only did we get roses, but we also got chocolate! We were so spoiled!
I'm lucky that he's such a romantic guy and that he remembers things like Valentine's Day.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Andy, on the other hand, was a mess. For some reason over the past 6 months or so, he's become very prone to matting. He used to be the easy one to keep tidy. I gave him some Ivermectin (insect killer) because I suspect the root of the problem is mites. Also, I think he's ready for shedding -- or was some time ago -- and the hair didn't fall off, it just matted in. I spent a significant part of Sunday afternoon in front of the garage brushing and brushing and working out mats. Poor boy! He's still not completely mat free, but he's a lot better -- although in some places he's bald now.
I got a gallon bag of Andy hair from my brushings. It's cram packed. It's hardly prime fur, but I may do something with it. The bag underneath is the little bit I got from Genny -- see how much darker her fur is.
When I got done with Andy and went around back to put him in his hutch, Sam got up to some mischief. He figured out how to push his way into Genny's cage -- but when the door fell shut behind him, he couldn't get out! This is how I found him when I came back around the house to the garage.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Here's a picture of my basement workspace. Originally we finished the basement as a playroom for the girls when they were little -- but they never really used it that much. They preferred to be upstairs with me. Jeff never comes down here due to his allergies. So, a couple of years ago, I repainted it to suit myself (green and brown) and claimed it as my Studio/Law Office. Jeff christened it "Wool & Bull." It's full of my stash, my handspun, my knitting and spinning books, and my files and computer. It can be a little grim in the basement all the time, but it's my own space.
I've made some progress on the Potomatus socks. Now that I'm in the rhythm of the pattern, it's not that hard -- in fact, I enjoy it. Cookie A. is a sock genius. It's hard to see, but the pattern looks like overlapping curving scales. I'm about halfway through the leg portion of the sock.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I usually only do well with succulents, like aloe and jade plants. They thrive on neglect and, as one orchid aficionado pointed out to me, if they die you can't really tell the difference.
This scented geranium has waxed and waned over the years, and even bloomed. Today, although it's looking a little sad, it's green and even has some shoots of new growth coming in at the bottom.
The weather is freezing cold today. I'm glad the rabbits are sheltered in the garage. Looks like it's too cold for Sam and he's ready to come back in!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Now you don't expect to find fine diamonds there -- and you should look closely if something claims to have fine diamonds -- but for pure cheap retail fun, you can't beat it.
Last night, after I dropped Kate off at her game, I dropped by our dollar store to get some birthday balloons for her. Three mylar birthday balloons for a dollar each! I also got 2 off-brand chapsticks for a dollar and a sparkly sequined hair tie. What a deal!
I may have looked a little odd perusing the aisles of off-brand merchandise in my full length mink coat (hey, we had just come from Jean Robert's Table), but I enjoyed my thrifty splurge.
On the knitting front, I started another pair of socks. These are a little more ambitious, a Cookie A. pattern called Pomatomus (I don't know where she gets these names, but she's an artist so we don't question it). I've had a little trouble getting started, so we'll see how it goes. The pattern calls for a yarn over at the beginning of a row. ??? I found this a little awkward. Oh well, for the time being I'll put my faith in Cookie.
I'm using the Wollmeise I snagged at Christmas time. I was dismayed with the resale prices on this yarn on eBay, so I went straight to the source and learned the system. Claudia -- the master yarn dyer -- posts her updated stock at random times on Fridays. If you're alert, you can log in and grab some before it disappears mere moments later. I was able to grab 4 skeins -- two for me and two for Lynne's Christmas present.
The skein I'm working with is black, white and pinky purple. Claudia is famous for her use of color and I must admit, it looks pretty good. So far, the yarn has been a little "splitty" but that's probably because I've been struggling with the pattern. We'll see how it goes.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
"We should go there!"
This is a favorite exchange around my house, taken from "The Fairly Oddparents" cartoon show. Cosmo, the dim fairy, has just learned about coffee and he asks his wife, Wanda, where it comes from.
Coffee is today's good thing. It's a soothing warm drink that perks up my morning. Thank goodness, I'm able to drink it again. In particular, I'm thankful for my Brookstone mug warmer that keeps my coffee warm all morning so I can sip it slowly and savor it. It's the little things like that that can make life pleasant.
I'm also thankful that I'm marginally able to eat cereal again. It still hurts a little, but I love my cereal. Total even makes a cereal with 10 grams of protein -- perfect for my high protein diet. With cereal, coffee and a protein shake, I'm almost back to my old routine of milk, cereal and coffee for breakfast. It's nice to have some normalcy back.
Otherwise, today is a little bittersweet. It's Kate's 18th birthday ... hard for me to believe. Both of our girls are so wonderful and we're so proud of them ... but it's hard to let go. With an 18-year-old and a 20-year-old, we have to face the fact that our child raising years are over. Next fall, Jeff and I will be back to a twosome. Make no mistake, Jeff is plenty of fun on his own, but it will be really different ... a new chapter.
Tonight, we're taking Kate to Jean Robert's Table for dinner before she has to cheer at a basketball game. She loves Jean Robert -- he's a rock star of the culinary world. It should be fun, but I'm a little melancholy.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Today's good things are sweet bunnies who eat banana from your hand. I never would have guessed it, but when we got Andy the breeder told us that rabbits LOVE banana, the riper the better. It's like rabbit ice cream. This morning I saw that I had a bunch of past-their-prime bananas and so I cut off some pieces and took them to Andy and Genevieve in the garage. They were so excited! Genny, always the prim one, likes for you to hold it while she nibbles delicately. Andy, on the hand, takes a firm hold on the peel and yanks it from your hand. They really warm my heart with their fluffy goodness.
Genny looks a little shell-shocked in this picture. I guess she wasn't expecting the flash. That's Andy's gray fur behind her. Here's another picture of Genny looking more dignified last fall. Her fur shed from front to back, so the light hair is old and the black hair is new.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
For example, last night Jeff and I attended the Villa Madonna Academy basketball game against Lloyd Memorial High School. We weren't there to see the game so much as to cheer on the cheerleaders. :)
Yes, Kate is following in my footsteps and cheering. Isn't she adorable? (she's the one in the middle front)
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
This morning, I woke up at 7:35 -- five minutes AFTER the time that Kate is supposed to leave for high school. Jeff was still sleeping. I assumed that Kate was still sleeping too -- but, lo and behold, she wasn't in her bedroom, she wasn't downstairs, and the car was gone. There were signs of someone having had breakfast.
She got herself up and took herself to school without waking us. What a great kid!!!